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Dec 5, 2013 9:00am EST
, entities, otherwise known as patent trolls here today. on november 14 the house energy and commerce committee held a hearing entitled, quote, the impact of pat interassertion entities on innovation and the economy. we heard from a variety of witness -- witness and industry including the food, hospitality, tech, all of whom had been targeted by vague, unfair, and he deceptive patent troll demand letters. that hearing revealed significant economic harm to main street businesses and the economy caused by such patent troll demand letters. these entities engage in abusive practice that is often target small businesses because they don't have the resources to fight back. the markup for the innovation act, mr. shea fits offered an amendment that resulted in a sense of congress in the bill before us today. that language says, and i quote, it's an abuse of the patent system and against public policy for a party to send out a purposely evasive demand letters to end users alleging patent infringement, end quote. as chairman of the house energy and commerce committee, subcommittee on commerce m
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